Switching over to the show, were you surprised at the news that both Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez decided to leave the show?
No. You know, they got their careers started up again, so they’re doing [that] right now. So, it’s going to be cool. I think it’s good to have different judges and switch it up. It’s gets tiring having the same type of thing and kind of [knowing] what to expect from certain judges. It’s cool to have different outlooks from different artists.
Since you’ve now competed on the show, what are some qualities and attributes that you think the new judges should bring to the panel?
Just to be open. Respect the music, but still respect the artist that [the contestants] are, no matter what they do with the song, whether they switch up the melody a little bit. Just be open, but be real. Don’t tell one person something, and then tell someone else another thing, you know? Just be real about it. I think our judges did that a lot. Just, as a judge, I think that’s a big thing.
Try to get to know us on a personal basis. Try to get to know us and try to get the feel of the artist we want to be, so you understand our music.
When it came to performance critiques, which judge’s feedback did you tend to value the most?
They all had great things. They have different things about them that I really take to heart. Like, Steven knows his music. Point blank. He’s been in this business Lord knows how long. Anything that had to do with pitch or melody or anything musically, I took [that] from him.
As far as performance-wise, everything, I really took that from J-Lo, because she’s been in this game since she was a Fly Girl. She knows how to perform. She knows how to put on a production. It’s not always just about singing, because we all sing. All Top 60 of us know how to sing. It’s about getting those people and she knows how to do that, like crazy great.